Kojo Oppong Nkrumah - Minister for Information
Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said hospital projects started by the former president John Mahama’s administration have not been abandoned but are being worked on.
President Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday, April 26, 2020, during his 8th national address, announced the construction of hospitals in some 88 districts across the country.
He also reiterated the government’s plans of building regional hospitals in the six new regions to boost healthcare delivery in the country.
The announcement by the President has since generated public discussion about some hospital projects started by previous governments, left abandoned while new health projects are being promised by the current government.
The Information Minister in responding to a question relating to the topic on Monday, April 27, 2020, said most of the projects are work in progress and some are faced with finance modelling difficulties.
“The unfinished hospitals largely remain work in progress and we will give an update on where we picked them from and how far we have come with them. There are some that we have finished and opened up, some are near completion and some have gotten into financial and contracting difficulties because of some issues associated with them. We will also give dates on when those in progress will be finished. It is to make the point that, some may be uncompleted still but they are not abandoned, it is work in progress, it will be finished by a particular time.”
“Some of these projects were even started during former President John Agyekum Kufuor’s time and it wasn’t completed in the 8 years not because the government was wicked and sort to abandon them but the module financing around them is the problem,” the Minister said.
Early on, former President John Mahama has shared concerns accusing the current administration of abandoning many projects that had started during his government’s tenure.
According to Mr Mahama said he finds it disappointing that a number of the projects remain uncompleted since his administration left office in January 2017.
Government’s previous assurances
The government in August 2018 said it was actively pursuing the completion of some abandoned hospitals in the country.
This agenda was followed with a petition by OccupyGhana to the Presidency demanding the operationalization of all completed but non-functioning health facilities and timelines for the completion of abandoned ones.
As a result, the government, through the Ministry of Health in an extensive response to that petition gave specific timelines for the competition of key health facilities it had identified and had direct oversight responsibility for to see completion within a specific period.